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2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award Winners Announced

2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award Winners Announced
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Alert! The Jacana Literary Foundation has announced the 2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award winners, chosen by head judge Mongane Wally Serote.

In September, a jury of three poets, Johann de Lange, Goodenough Mashego and Joan Metelerkamp, judged the 472 entries anonymously to compile a longlist of 63 poems. Serote has now selected the three winning poems, with the overall winner to be announced on 17 October at a Poetry Africa event in Durban.

2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award Shortlist

  • Jim Pascual Agustin, for “Baleka, What do You Know of Tenders and Thieves? Or Cockroaches for that Matter?”
  • Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, for “A Portrait of a Mother and Indiscretion”
  • Athol Williams, for “Streetclass Diseases”

The winners will all receive cash prizes.

How these poems have been placed, and the overall winner, will be announced at an event hosted by Poetry Africa at 6 PM on 17 October, 2015, at Rivertown Beerhall in Durban. The anthology will be launched at 3 PM on the same day, at 8 Morrison Street, Durban.

Dawn Garisch won the inaugural Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award in 2011. Siddiq Khan, Kobus Moolman and Thabo Jijana were the subsequent winners. Jim Pascual Agustin was a finalist last year for his poem “Illegal, Undocumented”.

From the Jacana Literary Foundation:

Serote, a Black Consciousness icon and poet and writer, is a renowned member of the Soweto poets – a group which advocated for black literary voices in South Africa in the tumultuous 1970s. His poems of that time speak of the realities of apartheid, and have been invaluable in provoking thought about oppression, as well as capturing the truths of the era.

Similarly, the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award aims to reveal the political and social attitudes of our time. The annual award, supported by the European Union, is now in its fifth year. Named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876 – 1932), it recognises the life and vision of this highly respected political and social activist. As in previous years, Volume V of the series will anthologise the three shortlisted poems along with some 60 other poems on the longlist, which are written in an assortment of South African languages, including English, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Sesotho, Xitsonga and isiZulu.

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